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Apply for indigency (waiver of court fees and costs)

If you can't afford to pay court fees and costs, you can apply for a waiver.

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If you are unable to pay court fees, you can file the Affidavit of Indigency Form to ask the court to waive those fees. The Affidavit of Indigency Guide and File program will help you fill out the form by asking you a series of questions in plain language. Once you’ve answered all the questions, the program will generate a completed form for you to review that you can then file with the proper court, either electronically or in person.  

Please note that Affidavits of Indigency and Supplemental Affidavits of Indigency must be filed with a complaint or petition and all other documents that are required to be filed with that particular complaint or petition. If you are unsure what needs to be filed, please call the Registry of Probate in your county. In addition, only actions listed in Probate and Family Court Standing Order 2-20 as amended that are considered emergency actions will be accepted by email.

To apply for indigency, you will need to fill out:

You should complete the Inmate's Affidavit of Indigency form instead of the Affidavit of Indigency if:

  • You’re currently in prison or jail 
  • You’re not seeking immediate release but are suing a "state or county agency, official or employee" about something related to a condition of confinement or something that happened during confinement, and;
  • You’re looking for the court to pay normal court costs

How to apply Apply for indigency (waiver of court fees and costs)

You can file online by using the Affidavit of Indigency Guide and File program, which will help you fill out the form by asking you a series of questions in plain language. Once you’ve answered all the questions, the program will generate a completed form for you to review that you can then file with the proper court, either electronically or in person.

Once you fill out the appropriate forms, file them with the clerk at the court where your case is being heard. Use the Courthouse Locator to find your court.

Once you fill out the appropriate forms, file them by mailing them to the court where your case is being heard. Use the Courthouse Locator to find your court’s address.

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